Coronavirus – health and wellbeing advice

NHS information and advice

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) including:

  • symptom checker
  • what to do if you’re in a high risk category
  • how to get medical help

Full NHS advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Getting tested for coronavirus

You may be able to arrange a test for the virus. The GOV.UK website explains who can get a test and how to arrange one.

Face coverings and personal protective equipment

The government has recommended that people wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces, such as shops and public transport, where social distancing is not possible. This is to help protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease.

Face coverings are different from the personal protective equipment (PPE) used by health and social care workers, who are at most risk of getting coronavirus.

Looking after yourself

If you have to stay at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.

Stay active

Get outside for some exercise once a day if you can, while maintaining social-distancing. If you can’t get outside, try online resources such as One You home workout videos or Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign.

Eat healthily

Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and drink enough water throughout the day. Get advice, recipes and support from NHS One You and Change4Life.

Check the Sussex Food and Drink Awards list of safe shopping and home delivery services for local produce from farms and village shops across Sussex.

Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol

If you want to stopping smoking contact One You East Sussex who are currently offering virtual support.

Remember to include drink-free days into your week. If you are worried about unhealthy habits developing with drugs or alcohol visit Safe in East Sussex to find local support services. Alternatively, try the breaking free app using this code: eastsussex11.

Look after your mind

NHS One You: Every Mind Matters have provided advice to help people stay on top of their mental wellbeing and cope with the challenges and anxieties of this period while staying at home.

  • Connect with others - by phone, messaging, video calls or online. Get advice on getting help using digital services.
  • Talk about your worries - with family, friends or NHS-recommended helplines.
  • Create a daily routine - think about how routines can be positively adapted and changed and new goals can be set.
  • Get good quality sleep - it can make a big difference so it’s important to try to maintain a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Keep your mind active - read, write, play games, draw, paint, do puzzles or find something that works for you.
  • Carry on doing things you enjoy – focus on your favourite hobbies if they are things you can still do at home or pick something new to learn at home.
  • Limit time reading/watching outbreak coverage - and use trustworthy sources (GOV.UK or the NHS website)

There are more tips on our Every Mind Matters page. If you would like more help these local mental health support services can help.

Keep warm at home

Heat your home to at least 18C to help keep you and your family warm and well. You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home and keeping warm. Advice and support for anyone struggling to keep warm at home is available from the East Sussex Warm Home Check service.